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Apr 20, 2013 9:00pm EDT
, january 2009. >> guest: yes, the president in the oval office. this was after the election, so obama, president obama hadn't been sworn in yet and there was a meeting in the oval office and a lunch with the five presidents. definitely a rare opportunity to see a lot of history all in one room. >> host: have you ever counted up how many people up in the same room as those five presidents? >> guest: know so is very special. >> host: back to george h.w. and barbara bush. a lot of photos of them in here as well including one of barbara bush with her camera. >> guest: yeah, she was a really good photographer actually. she would photograph me with president h.w. bush and president george w. bush and send me the photos signed by can record time. she was amazing. >> host: here's another photo of mrs. bush, barbara bush. >> guest: yes, this was election evening 2004 very late at night. actually it might have been early in the morning. we had just learned that president bush was ahead mathematically to win the election. so the family decided it was time to celebrate with a conga line. >> host:
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2013 11:00am EDT
, president obama, the transition. president obama agrees with anything that is deceiving. and redistribution. >> and we all want the same thing. and there is deep disagreement at the moment, and there's so much disagreement right now. the discussion really ideological points. one the best ways. and whether it can be many paths. and what we mentioned. and businesses, if i have a good one. and to be tactical, the question right now is whether -- pecan ground. >> quick question with regards to education. the nyu school of business. i see from that for there are a lot of international students. from personal experience, obviously doing something right by attracting foreign students and go back and implement the things we talked about. are we doing the right thing? why are they coming and while we not going to north korea to study? >> that is the great question. one of the great things about the united states, higher education, and study. that is one of the reasons, if what we talk about facing the home's opportunity to bring back the society you go to business school. doesn't matt
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 12:00pm EDT
no limitation. president obama says this. some members of my party say the battle has no geographic limitations, and the laws of war apply. it's important to know that the law of war that they're talking about means no due process. boyleston street sure looked -- "i quote from the" wall street journal "editorial." boyleston street sure looked like a battlefield on monday and so did watertown on thursday night. the artificial distinction arises from undue focus on geography. the vital distinction for public safety is between common criminals who deserve due process protections and enemy combatants at war with the united states wherever they are. as for due process, the greatest danger to liberty would be to allow more such attacks that would inspire an even greater public backlash against muslims or free speech or worse. the antiterror types on the left and g.o.p. senators who agree that the u.s. isn't part of the battlefield are making the united states more vulnerable. americans erupted in understandable relief and gratitude on friday with the rapid capture of the terrorist brother
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 5:00pm EDT
president obama or vice president biden or senior members of the cabinet make the decision to travel to britain and to honor the incredible legacy of baroness margaret thatcher. it was truly a providential blessing that margaret thatcher served alongside president ronald reagan and pope john paul ii. together the three of them did something that previously had been unimaginable. so many had opined the cold war was unwinnable, that we had to accept detente. we had to accept a condition in which the united states would constantly be in military conflict with the soviet union and our children would constantly be in fear of potential catastrophic nuclear war. and yet, when reagan and thatcher and pope john paul all ascended to leadership, together they had the vision to do something that very few imagined was possible. to win the cold war without firing a shot. had that been suggested in the 1970's, that would have been diminished as crazy talk, and yet that's precisely what they did. i would suggest in modern times there are few, if any, more deserving of the nobel peace prize than thos
CSPAN
Apr 18, 2013 6:00am EDT
obama and the first lady will be in boston today to honor the victims of the boston marathon bombing. the first couple will attend the interfaith service at the cathedral of the holy cross. see it live starting at 11 a.m. eastern on our companion network, c-span3. >>> attorney general eric holder is on capitol hill today for a hearing on the 2014 justice department budget request. he's also expected to speak about the bombing at the boston marathon. see this hearing live starting at 2 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> when the war began, the congress came into session in july, and it issued a statement ever since known as the createn done resolution that articulated the consensus war goals of the united states. and it was very simple, very clear. the purpose of this war is to restore the union. and it is not, and it is not to disrupt the social institutions of the south. and everybody knew what that meant. it meant not to disrupt slavery. >> the evolution of president lincoln's views on slavery. university of texas at austin professor george forgie on the political and legal factor
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2013 11:00pm EDT
have a good learning environment is that is a you become good doctors. it is interesting obama used to talk about overuse with a speech he gave to congress and the first term he mentioned we have to curtail overuse. but i don't hear president obama talking about over use any more as a factor in reducing medicare spending. so once again is the informed members to put back on the agenda and citizens will have to correct the misallocation of resources. while preparing for the talk i was thinking what are some of these solutions? was sentenced in new jersey walking along nassau street and there was a bookstore in there was a'' how democracy democracy, to fix it will need more democracy we need more informed citizens of what is aware of what is going on to have the checks and balance of the system. the biggest challenge we face is health care company's primary duty to shareholders they have to demonstrate increased revenue and profitability and has a condition of their statute in this drives it up. this is in direct conflict as state and federal governments. here is say'' that we will ke
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am EDT
minister, dominated the political scene. and was admired for that from around the world. president obama pay tribute to the way that she made them in his words, had shown britain out to be -- is the politician, the policies that are being commemorated here very much so. the policies, the controversies for many years to come as all political policies or. but know what i think will forget the woman who was single-minded determination won three elections in rows and impose her will on this country for over a decade. from the st. paul's cathedral, good afternoon. >> finishing up our coverage of the funeral for former british prime ministers margaret thatcher, courtesy of the bbc. the ceremony concluded. prime minister thatcher's coffin will be taken to the one hospital chelsea for private cremation later today. if you missed any of our coverage of the services you can watch it in its entirety in the c-span video library. go to c-span.org. we will re-air the funeral this coming sunday at 9 p.m. eastern. this reminder that british prime minister's question time will resume next week. you can s
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 11:00pm EDT
president obama or should congress broaden the aumf for strikes to continue? >> so without knowing the full details of the targeted strikes that have been done, it's hard to say which can't be covered though i suspect based on the public record this summer questionable. congress should try to amend the aumf to define what groups they can target if we want to target some groups that are covered, but ideally what we want is an ability to organized groups waging war but at the same time not give the president a blank check to target what groups hear someone else in the administration might consider might be a good idea in a warlike posture against it. i don't think you should completely repeal the aumf but revisiting a clarification is desirable. >> do think it provides targeted strikes out lines upon that law? >> it depends what strikes were talking about. strikes a deal with imminent threats to define relatively narrowly could be justified as defense against attack. beyond that, one cannot what strikes against groups not covered by the aumf in the way we've seen on the public record
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 9:00am EDT
deal with the global terrorist threat. on taking office, president obama declined to undertake an official study of what happened. senator leahy introduced legislation to establish a truth commission, and congress failed to act on it. so in many respects, this task force, this report is the comprehensive examination of the treatment of suspected terrorists that official washington has been reluctant to conduct. task force members believe that having an understanding of what occurred during this period of serious threat and willingness to acknowledge any shortcomings strengthen the nation and equip us to better cope with any future crises. it knowing what happened, our reputation, as an exemplary practitioner of the rule of law, will clearly be damaged. the task force is made up of as jenny said, a broad cross-section of folks have been in government, who understand government, who understand military, who understand the role of intelligence. the bios are in your folder but i would like to take just a minute to introduce them at this time. dr. gerald thomson, the former, our profes
CSPAN
Apr 18, 2013 12:00pm EDT
security secretary janet napolitano anytime at our website, c-span.org. the president obama released a statement earlier today on that explosion in west, texas. he said quote today our prayers o out to the peoplest my aatdmin, through fema and other agencies, is in close contact with our state an lalrsk sure there are no unmet needs. again,the president in a statement earlier today. nancy pelosi holding her weekly legislative briefing. that was a bit early. she discussed yesterday's failed vote on bipartisan gun legislation in the senate. she was joined by congressman mike thompson who chairs the gun violence prevention task force. they're proposing a house version of a compckgroundck this is 20 minutes. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> as we gather here this morning, people are gathering in boston for a prayer service. we joined them, our prayers and thoughts are with the people of boston, the families of all of the victims of this senseless tragedy, wherever they are from. we pray for the recovery of the injured and as americans and members of congress. words are always inadequ
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
want recreational pot voted for obama. the republicans have been talking about how they need to reach out to latinos and black people but i don't hear any of them talk about legalizing pot. also another thing is this. at the beginning of the year there was about 15 minutes on c-span and you had a man on that was pro and then you had a man on, a republican congressman from the heritage foundation again that was against pot, the legalization of pot. it was the same thing like today. i heard earlier on talking about how there are for limited government and yet these guys come out against legalized pot. >> host: thanks for your comments. we will get an answer from beau kilmer. >> guest: no, if you look at the latest polls a study done by pew that got a lot of attention a couple of weeks ago and it came out that 52% of the respondents approved of legalizing marijuana use. there has been a big change over time. there was another poll, gallup organization doing the same poll over time and we know that in the mid-90s if you look when people ask the question do you -- google will legaliz
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2013 7:00am EDT
china, and it is in high demand. i have said over and over again to obama in japan tt they can make an entire export industry. and i hope you know this has become something else. and some of you may recall the foreign minister. to be given. furthermore some of the small companies in japan are amazing. my favorite one in tokyo. in the market. why, it is only comfort for congestion needles. you don't feel any pain. how many employees are there? six including me. amazing. few other countries are such an unknown. only in japan your family businesses. so the real challenge for government is to let go. we should simply let the companies sharing themselves. for further details, there will be a couple months more. we have set up an expert move. they give us fearless proposal about innovation. i am looking forward -- they are likely to the something that thematically changes for deflationary to present bad inflation from taking shape. it is most important but the bad interest-rate hikes, the second downsize risk, it is evident that the monetary easing without putting the fiscal house in order y
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 6:00am EDT
obama stated, quote, the temperature around the globe is increasing faster than was predicted even 10 years ago, closed quote. i thought that was curious because i've seen some data that indicated not, that was not true. in fact, it has been fairly flat. and certainly, so, i wrote administrator jackson and astor simply this, to provide the data according to the present assertion on with quote a chart of the actual global average temperature increases since 1979 versus the latest ipcc predictions, closed quote. and you responded to that, but they didn't respond to my question. he basically said in february of this year quote, there are multiple lines of evidence that clearly demonstrate that average global temperatures are rising, closed quote. so you didn't provide any specific data relating to the question i asked -- >> would you like me to take another shot at that? >> if i could say, i'm adding two minutes to your time so you will get seven. if senator bozeman wants 70 will get that as well. >> thank you, madam chair. >> i am more than happy to take a look at that and get back t
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 9:00am EDT
weary travelers. it should be to fix the problem. look, the obama administration knew about the sequester for months, for months, yet it gave the traveling public and congress only three days' notice before implementing the furloughs that are now being blamed for these delays. the f.a.a. administrator testified before the commerce and appropriations committees last week but made no mention of the magnitude and impact of delays of these furloughs that were just right around the corner. it seems completely bluesable t- completely implausible to me when hthat he didn't mention thn he testified last week. this episode is a perfect illustration of why republicans sought to give the administration even greater flexibility to ensure they could prioritize essential services. one of the areas for which that flexibility was intended was air traffic control. the fact that the administration rejected it strongly suggests a political motive is at play here. i would also remind everyone that this flexibility was reflected by nearly every -- rejected by nearly every democrat in the u.s. senate
CSPAN
Apr 20, 2013 12:00pm EDT
soon. it is an old publication, 1944. >> david harsanyi, author of "obama's 4 horsemen: the disasters unleashed by obama's reelection," thanks. .. >> scott spiker, he was a very young, at the time, navy pilot and the father of two, had a nice family started down in jacksonville, florida. why any interest in them? the initial starting interest. the time when he went missing in the red headlines. at bottom of this was kind of odd. why are they looking for in? why are they doing this? why are they doing this to make certain protocols are followed when something like this happens. if you think about this in terms of how i would think about it, 1994. i started to get more interested and interested in what was going on because i would you things here and there. people would just talk with me. i went back. and by the time i got to the end of the 90's the administration kept talking about it in the media. but going back and try to piece together the story and see what they're saying and what they want saying to read in my mind, the way my mind works is, these pieces of reformation are a mosai
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
for the 8th circuit as well as the nomination of sylvia burr well, president obama's pick to head the office of management and budget. and for more on thenline sales tax bill we spoke earlie a r withpil reporter. >> they're going to be focusing on an issue that i think really hasn't gotten a whole lot of attention but it is going to affect most americans and that is, whether or not you pay sales taxes when you buy something online. this is a huge issue for your pocketbook if you buy something on amazon.com or ebay. chances are pretty good right now that you don't pay sales taxes on that purchase but you do if you go to wal-mart.com, or if you go to a brick-and-mortar store and that is because of these convoluted rules who has charge letaxes and who doesn't. the senate wants to, or at least looks like a majority of the senate is going to pass this bill this week. 75 senators voted for a version of this bill a few weeks ago when the senate passed its budget resolution. it is a nonbinding vote. this would be a binding bill that would then go over to the house and it would -- >> what
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 8:00pm EDT
obama administration, using drugs to target terror suspects overseas. this has included u.s. military officials, constitutional law professors and again the activist whose villages had by a stream to strike causing civilian tragedies. [inaudible conversations] >> return of the subcommittee on the civil rights and human rights will come to order. today's hearing is entitled drone wars, the counterterrorism institutions of killing. senator cruises on its way from another hearing. there are conflicting schedules we face here. this is the first-ever public hearing in the senate to address the use of drones and targeted killing. we are pleased to have such a large audience for today's hearing that demonstrates the importance and timeliness of this issue. thank you to those hearing person, those watching live on c-span and is following a hearing on twitter and facebook you stand the hash type drone wars. the rules of the semiprivate outbursts, popular demonstrations of any kind. please be mindful of the service as we conduct this hearing. there's so much interest in today's hearing. we have
CSPAN
Apr 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT
economies rely. the national ocean policy signed by president obama in 2010 provides a commonsense framework for sensible research and planning and public-private cooperation as we face the significant challenges bearing down on our oceans and coasts on both our ecosystems and our industries. last week, the white house released the national ocean policy implementation plan, a blueprint for effective management of our oceans and the great lakes. it's not easy to balance the competing needs of commerce, conservation, culture, and recreation. more than 20 federal agencies oversee our marine industries governing everything from fisheries to oil and gas leasing. the implementation plan takes this on and moves us toward better and more collaborative management of ocean resources. the implementation plan gathered the thoughts of a wide range of key stakeholders, mayor time and energy industries, conservation and recreation interests, academic experts, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments. the plan supports economic growth by streamlining permitting and approval processes, by
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
records. the amendment codifies one of president obama's executive orders that requires the attorney general to issue guidance to federal agencies about which records they must submit to nics. it improves nics as well by clarifying the definition of -- quote, unquote -- "adjudicated mental incompetent" so that it includes only actual adjudications, not a single psychiatrist's diagnose -- diagnosis. the manchin-toomey amendment does not do that. mental health records would also be improved by requiring the federal courts to make available to nics information concerning such situations as defendants who plead guilty to a crime for the reason of insanity. this approach is consistent with what "the washington post" columnist cortland molloy writes this very day. he says -- quote -- "the national gun control legislation set for debate in congress would rely on a bureaucratic dragnet of background checks so extensive that anybody's hands could end up being the wrong ones, including mine." he thinks that gun control supporters are -- quote -- "bent on harassing him into giving giving --" --
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 6:00am EDT
you also have to do it rapidly at the same time because of this timeframe. you know, president obama's has the power to go to united nations again, tomorrow. he has -- president clinton. given the recognition which was a vote of 100, 120 something, 149. i think that would be difficult may be defined those nine next hundred and people know that. you may find four or five but you won't find the nine. so given that, he is restrained from doing that. that is designed of good faith at this moment, too. he would like to see if we could get this process moving. so everybody needs to kind of not react normal sort of tit-for-tat, stereotypical way. give peace a chance and by providing the opening here for the politics and diplomacy to work. that's what both sides need to do. that's what i believe both sides are prepared to do, and the proof will be in the pudding. >> we go now to mr. khan of arkansas. >> mr. secretary, thank you for your time today. thank you for your service to our country. including your service as a young men in uniform in the non. >> thank you. >> the united nations recentl
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 7:30am EDT
. if you remember, this rather symbolic picture of governor kristy of new jersey and president obama embracing a few days before the election. [inaudible] it was the melting of the arctic sea ice that actually brought them together. [laughter] [applause] indicating the implication for the american political system. but the third reason, of course, the enormous resources in the arctic. it has been estimated that about a quarter of the -- [inaudible] energy resources can be found within the arctic. in addition to various min lal -- mineral and other important item for a professional 21st century economy. it's one of the reasons why the prime minister of south korea visited grown land last -- greenland last year with a long list of global corporation wanting to engage in formal agreement with the new government in greenland. so for all of these reasons, that and many others, the arctic has become the political strategic with economic feel good of the 21st century. but we should know something and remember that within the arctic, there are people who have lived there for thousands of yea
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2013 11:00am EDT
have seen it on debates over the president obama's continued engagement in the libyan hostility. apparently contrary to the war powers resolution, which thinks is constitutional but as he told my class, he said but it's not constitutional as to all applications. and apparently the obama administration felt it would be unconstitutional for congress to provide too many limits on the president's power to conduct hostilities against libya. now where those are we don't really know. so the commander-in-chief clause is actually a very important constitutional provision. and logan's project i think is the first one to actually give it some legal purchase. what might've been the official meaning of the commander-in-chief clause. because windows was drafted at philadelphia, i think the only commander-in-chief bid on was george washington. they certainly did not have george iii in mind. they did not have even governors in mind. governors were also the heads of the militias in various states. those also not their goal. but instead their model, if they had one, they probably did, was george
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 11:00pm EDT
] >> president obama and the first lady will be in boston thursday to honor the terms of the boston marathon bombing aired the first couple will attend the cathedral of the holy cross. see it live at 11:00 a.m. eastern on ark pinon not her, c-span 3. >> she came into the white house is a 47-year-old lady who is well known hated politics. she was obviously deeply did press at the death of her last surviving son, especially under the terrible circumstances in which she died. she didn't have any men friends, but she did have a family who kept her going and always seem to be somebody fair. i don't think she did very much. she was this very intellectual woman, highly educated. they seemed wasted on some way. >> homeland security janet napolitano testified before the senate homeland security committee on her department's 20. as they are in the secretary and the boston marathon. see the testimony on c-span and any time a c-span.org. >> i'm a former prosecutor and i've got a question that i just can't keep from coming out. based on the evidence at this point, is there any difference between
CSPAN
Apr 21, 2013 8:30pm EDT
have sections on president obama or arnie duncan, and at one point, i presented to an adviser in a fellowship i had including the writer, and he came up afterwards saying it was a stupid idea because the people and experiences in new orleans were so compelling and interesting on their own, and so i settled on the idea of structuring the book around three schools with one person preimminent in each. lori, aiden, and all of whom i met at different times in different ways. since writing the book was a journey for me, i wanted to talk about what i learned over the course of reporting and writing it, apart from the fact i would make a terrible teacher. [laughter] the first is that the -- i feel like the extremists and absolutists on both sides of the public conversation over school, form, and other issues dominate the debate, but their voices don't capture the needs and desires of those attending and working in the schools. i had covered education for long enough when i started working on the book to some degree, but i was really amazed by the extent to which the ideals and aspirations
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2013 8:00am EDT
the united states. in his state of the union address, president obama said that our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. we have representatives this week from all three of those industries. gentlemen, i want to start with an opening question for each of you. what are some of the attacks that have happened on your industry, and how are you preventing them? we'll begin with tom kuhn of the edison electric institute which represents several electric companies in the united states. >> guest: well, thank you, peter. so far we have, weinged every day onttacks from various sources, but so far the major attacks that we have had have been on customer information systems or things of that nature. they haven't been attacks that keep me up at night which is the ones that would actually do some damage to our critical infrastructure. >> host: how do you work to prevent those? >> guest: how do we work to prevent those? well, you know, we have testimonyings, cyber technologies, prevention technologies. we spend
CSPAN
Apr 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT
-- the sequester was president obama's idea in the first place. his administration created it. he signed it into law on august august 2, 2011. and he knew the date it would go into effect. and yet, as the deadline approached earlier this year, the president and his administration traveled the country and tried to stir up anxiety and concern and fear over the imposition of the sequester, warning that the sky would fall like a modern day chicken little. well, it's been almost two months since the sequester took effect, and the administration's claims that the sky would fall have each proven to be false. first, we had the secretary of education arne duncan claiming that schoolteachers were already getting pink slips, but that wasn't true. then president obama declared the u.s. capitol janitors were getting a pay cut, but on further examination, that proved not to be true. customs and border protection initially told their employees, border agents, that they might be furloughed. however, a month into the sequester, customs and border protection walked back that claim and decided to make bett
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2013 8:30pm EDT
100% quote-unquote operationally controlled. however, president obama and secretary napolitano abandoned that metrix. the bill before is weakenes current law by only requiring the southern border to be 90% effectively secured. in some sector, only the so-called high risk sectors. what about the other six sectors? then before green card are allocated to those here illegally, the secretary only has to certify that the security plans and fencings are quote-unquote substantially deployed. operational. and completed. if the secretary doesn't do her job, then a commission is created to provide recommendations. this is just a loophole that allows the secretary to neglect doing the job. another area of interest for me is the employment verification measure. as i said before so many times, i was here in 1986 when we for the first time made it illegal for employers to hire undocumented individuals. i've been a champion for making the everify system a statement in eave work place. it's a proven and valuable tool to ensure we have legal work force. wheel i'm encouraged the bill includes ev
CSPAN
Apr 22, 2013 11:00pm EDT
served for 22 years. president obama recently appointed kolbe for trade policy and negotiations on trade matters and he and i worked together on a number of significant matters during his years in in the house and we are glad to have you back here. please go ahead. >> thank you senator leahy. senator leahy and members of the committee thank you for inviting me to testify before a exam behalf of the border secured economic modernization act of 2013. i have the privilege of serving in the nicest congress from 1985 until 2007 representing arizona's fifth and eighth congressional district. immigration is an issue that has always been in the forefront of this district. i applaud the senators and the so-called gang of eight and my colleague senator flake from arizona who spent months preparing this legislation. the bill currently supports positive provisions that help uses businesses are immigrant population in our country as a whole. others on the panel have discussed various economic considerations but i want to talk about one particular provision completing family unification. i know as a p
CSPAN
Apr 19, 2013 12:00pm EDT
rebel victory for now. is that your view? >> i'm sorry, sir? >> senior obama's administration officials surprised in recent weeks with an amended approach to syria. we don't want an outright rebel military victory right now because in the words of one senior official quote the good guys may not come out on top. >> well, if that depends on your definition of good guys. certainly the jihadist the sunni dominated groups, the fighting groups and the opposition most notable on its way to terms of size have recently pledged allegiance to al qaeda. that is a great concern. they are present in 13 of the 14 provinces in iran and are starting to establish municipal services providing humanitarian aid, food, hospitals and sharia law. >> do you think all this might've been avoided if we hadn't sat by and watched it happen? i thank you mr. chairman. >> thank you senator mccain. senator reid. >> thank you very much . chrman and thank you gentlemen for not only her testimony but your service. the issue at front and center is sequestration and i just have a more procedural question. first of all as i u
CSPAN
Apr 23, 2013 5:00pm EDT
america, to decline. our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are saying, well, president obama is to blame for these delays. he had very little choice if we don't change things. and this is a way to change things. so if you want to get rid of these delays which we all very much want to on both sides of the aisle, i would propose to my colleagues the solution proposed by the majority leader is the best way to go given the political necessities on the other side, the desire not to have any revenues, even closing certain tax loopholes. and so i would hope we could come together and vote on this. i would hope that this solution, which, by the way, cutting the o.c.o. has been supported by republicans. i remember senator kyl, the former senator was arizona, was advocating this late last year to deal with the doc fix and the d.r.g.'s and other things. the people will come together on it. so i would hope we could vote for this proposal, put the air traffic controllers back to wo work, off their furloughs, get rid of these delays and then come together in a grand agreement in time for the
CSPAN
Apr 18, 2013 11:00pm EDT
briefed president obama or secretary clinton about the two preceding 11.cks in benghazi prior to >> i did not personally rifed on come but we certainly were porticos of all of our intelligence vehicles. >> are your intelligence vehicles included the prior attacks on the consulate? >> yes. >> do believe the intelligence community of the situation in benghazi? >> we had a general idea of the situation in eastern libya. we probably didn't have the fidelity on the exact situation in benghazi, but we certainly know the lack of control the central government had over the militias and not part of the country. that continued even after the fall of gadhafi. >> he said that briefings prepared by the tni talked about the prior attacks a reference in april and june prior to sebettack al inclu thesmen the british closing their facility. e those thef intelligence reported that the chain of command despite not having a specific conversation? just to be clear,e didn't have any specific conversations with secretary clinton about this issue? >> we had many conversations about it. i don't recall specificall
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 8:00pm EDT
originally planned during the bush administration with president obama. i have a question for you with the russian government consulted or informed that the united states was considering this decision before the decision was made and if so, when it that occur? >> well, the answer is not to my knowledge. it was not russian government was not consulted in any way. it was not decision that policy was not decided based on any consideration of the russian government. incidentally i would add that those gbi also not only really alaska but some are -- california. >> okay. to your knowledge they were not consulted. the department were to dpd that additional missile defense systems were needed, to be deployed domestically or abroad. would the russian government be informed before the decision was made? >> first, i can't answer for the president. will they include any of our nato allies as part of our discussion? >> again, senator, i don't know about those talks that would be in the per view of the secretary of state and the white house. i have not been consulted on on the possibility what
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Apr 21, 2013 10:00am EDT
chicago and ultimately honolulu and that's where he would meet a young man named barack obama in the 70s. he was introduced by obama's grandfather, stanley dunham. i should back up a little bit. he was african-american. he was a republican from the time of lincoln to fdr. remarkably what so far to the left that during world war ii he joined the communist party. he joined communist party u.s.a. a lot of american communists never joined communist party u.s.a. you literally sworn allegiance to the soviet union, and you committed yourself to a communist party u.s.a. caught a soviet american republic. so davis really went to the other side and after that ended up editing -- he was the founding editor-in-chief of the communist party publication of chicago, the chicago star was a down the line pro-soviet pro-stalin publication. did that for two years and then went off to honolulu was a columnist for the record, basically the publication in honolulu. bro from 1849 to 1957. his writings were incredibly anti-american at the time. especially anti-harry truman because turbine was the president oppos
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Apr 20, 2013 1:00pm EDT
probability it was going get it all smaller if president obama was elected as he was. after the president's re-election, i think a lot of conservatives and libertarians were demoralized particularly people who thought that romney was going win in some kind of a landslide. were worried obama's re-election meant the country had changed in some fundamental irreversible way. they began to doubt after the 2010 elections had looked pretty good for groups like the tea party and conservative and republicans. they began to doubt that big government could be stopped. so that's one of the reasons why i think having the discussion is important. i think there's no reason for people to give up all hope. i think when you look at the trajectory of american politics in the last few election cycles it's been bald. we have seen a lot of change in a short period of time. you are a young audience. that was going to be ushered by the american's opposition to gay marriage. remember that? how did either of them out. by by 2006 we were hearing a different story. democrats took a both house of. 2008 bara
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Apr 20, 2013 10:00am EDT
. >> this is our newest book out. obama's four horsemen, as you can see. other pop -- apocalyptic. i think a lot of the books that are out have come out in the past few months have talked about america at a crossroads or america at a point where we have a big decision to make. david who is a terrific writer and spokesperson basically says the we have crossed that point. it is too late to avoid some of the disasters that we are facing. now we just have to buckle down and figure how to get through. >> the last book you have, you're holding a galley right here. >> holding a little one. this book is not even get out. this is our next big book coming in april. it's called the ultimate obama survivor get -- survival guide. this is a terrific read. very fine. also very practical. the first part of the book tells us all the terrible things we're facing under a second term abroad, and the second half of the buck is a very practical survival guide. everything from how to buy gold coins to how to stop your house -- stockier house of food and water down to buy a gun and what ammunition to stack
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Apr 21, 2013 2:00pm EDT
find that the conversation is increasing, and hats off to michelle obama for raising the national conversation about obesity and health and nutrition. on the one side. on the other hand, too, these products are so compelling. i like to call them the foods we hate to love because, you know, it's hard to talk about something that you love to eat in negative, in negative tones. >> host: michael moss, what was the reception from the food companies when you approached them about "salt sugar fat"? >> guest: i think that they were actually -- i mean, i was surprised by how willing they were to talk to me. and i started off with a trove of internal documents which helped tremendously. these thousands and thousands of pages put me at the table as the largest companies were plotting and planning and formulating their way to creating new products. those documents enabled me to convince their top scientists, marketing officials, ceos in some cases to talk to me and reveal even more secrets. and so -- and i was really surprised by how many companies have a cabal of insiders who are genuinely c
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Apr 21, 2013 6:30am EDT
world that became so intolerant they did not have a single church. the obama administration knew about it and actually reported about in the state department religious freedom, which is still the gold standard for human rights reporting. but at the time it was happening they said nothing and did nothing. so on our watch this has happened. the bush administration, two-thirds of the christians in iraq were driven out. we have it in the book about conversations we had about secretary rice at the time saying please protecting. again, we had 100,000 troops on thground and she said no, we cannot get involved. it's sectarian here. meanwhile, the united states had just installed a shiite government in iraq and was negotiating on the path of sunni leaders to get sunni appointments in the government. so it just rang true. >> it does seem as i listen because i'm being educated on this, some rights are more equal than others, right? in other words, if we're talking about universal concept or standard of let's say women's rights, then we can speak out against them. but it seems like there's been a
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Apr 20, 2013 7:00pm EDT
obama being elected president is that now you can turn to a black child and say you really can be president. >> but do you really want to? [laughter] no thanks, we don't want that job. >> one of the ways to oppress somebody is to get them to oppress themselves. >> right. >> so freeing these images in the media from stereotypes is about freeing people from the shackles on their own imagination. >> it's interesting how obama himself has become a one man cultural war just by being who he is. not just what he durksz who he is. as you mentioned, it seems like we have abortion rights, cob that sense -- contraception, and yet we have the pretty strong advance of marriage equality and gay rights. can you kind of speak to that? what's going on there? >> i think it would be the other way around. >> yes. >> really, really good question. and so as we know, hardly anyone believed in gay marriage ten years ago, and now there's significant majority support in pretty much every community accept among white evangelical conservative christians. and where we are with abortion rights is kind of compl
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Apr 20, 2013 3:00pm EDT
president barack obama the food stamp president, on one level he can say i'm talking about how more people went on food stamps during barack obama's presidency than any other president. you can dispute that figure or not, and some people have, but that is what he says he means there but there's another meaning on top of it, where black people are associated with welfare programs. welfare programs are considered undesirable. the term welfare is determined undesirable, and if you can connect a black president with the idea the is handing free stuff to people to get them to vote for him, that's an association that can work with voters. and indeed people, journalists who interviewed folks who voted in the south carolina primary where gingrich won the republican contest, said that idea was a strong one for them. that association was something they agreed with. so, we see even now politicians can use this coded language, reach the people they want to reach, but also be able to deny they're using that tactic because there's another meaning to the words. >> host: booktv covered you at india
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Apr 21, 2013 10:00pm EDT
president obama's first term. over this period, the president, as we remember, vividly, i'm sure, faced relentless pressure from benjamin netanyahurc wi conress and wi the poe eny i this pressure forced the president into humiliating retreats from positions on a settlement freeze, on the potential borders of a palestinian state and urgent need of a state staked out first two years in office. as anybody's who's followed this conflict knows, these were positions previously taken by succession of the u.s. president, but this president was obliged to abandon them. it was not palestine on which he focused almost interly in the first two years in office, but the question of iran's nuclear program, benjamin netanyahu's preferred subject, in exchange ever since. the climb down was complete, and i argue that was seen, yet again, in the bulk of the speech therntly in jerusalem. s writing on the subject, and, aain, the corrupt language played a crucial role. for decades, the repeated man tray of a peace process served to obscure reality. this is the reality that whatever the united states was cham
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Apr 16, 2013 8:00pm EDT
of both bush and obama administration's. it includes former members of congress. this is 50 minutes. >> thank you for your leadership on the task force and i want to express my thanks to the constitution project, but also to all of my fellow task force members what they brought to the table in terms of experience, wisdom, public service really made a difference in the development of this project and important report. as jim mentioned, there's more than 24 findings and recommendations. we can't cover all of those this morning that we want to hit some of the highlights. we hope he will take the entire report, study it through and look at each of those recommendations. why is this report important? it's important because we as a nation have to get this right. i looked back in history to the time during world war ii that we in turn to some japanese-americans. at the time it seemed like the right and proper thing to do but in light of history, it was an error. as of today this report will hopefully put into focus some of the actions taken in the post 9/11 environment. there are some key
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Apr 24, 2013 9:00am EDT
. speaker john boehner started using twitter hash tag "obama flight delays. the latest effort in his party's campaign to blame all the pain of sequester on the obama administration." why is president obama unnecessarily delaying your flight? that's a quote from eric cantor, wrote in edge in on twitter. if the president wanted to, republicans said, he could easily cut somewhere else and spare travelers any inconvenience. as it happens, sequester law is clear in requiring the f.a.a. and most other agencies to cut their programs by an even amount. that law was foisted on the public after republicans demanding spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling in 2011. since then the party has rejected every offer to relays the sequester with a more sensible mix of cuts and revenue increases. mr. boehner is so proud of that strategy that he recently congratulated his party for sticking with the sequester and standing up to the present demands for tax increases. but drastic cuts in spending carry a heavy price. republicans certainly don't want voters they care about including business
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Apr 21, 2013 8:00am EDT
would come about a year after my, my trip to drc to do my basic reporting when president obama announced that 100 u.s. military special operations forces would go to the drc and neighboring countries to work directly with native armies to hunt and hopefully destroy the lord's resistance army. but when i was there three years ago, that announcement had yet to come, and the ingredients of that intervention were still sort of bubbling in the pot. so i looked at it. it was an unmade thing, and i asked myself could this, could this be a new -- it's not necessarily a new way of war. there have been plenty of armed interventions, plenty of armed interventions by and for humanitarian reasons. but could this represent a kind of military strategy is not the right word, but a grand strategy? an answer to the question what is america's role in the world postiraq? postafghanistan? could we leave a decade of bad war behind us and fight good warsesome now, there's going to be lots of caveats to that question. is u.s. military intervention in africa, to say nothing of congo, can that be a good
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Apr 17, 2013 9:00am EDT
unusual photograph of president obama and governor right before the election. in the united states there's a large contingent of climate change doubters. what do you say to that part of the tows persuade them that climate change is real? >> would be take a look at me. i'm the picture of obama and governor chris christie. [laughter] because according to the ground rules of u.s. presidential campaigns, such an embrace three days before election day was an absolute taboo. and talk to the people new jersey or new york that had their homes destroyed and their communities destroyed due to the extreme weather events. look up on the map side, the report of china in january or february. one example, just to give you a visual image is the melting of the arctic sea ice in my part of the world. the consequence -- [inaudible] so whether we call it climate change or not, that's a political concept, which i know has positive or negative connotations, but the ice melting is a reality. and the consequences of the ice melting in my part of the world is extreme weather in united and china. this is th
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Apr 16, 2013 11:00pm EDT
president obama took office was the exact opposite. before he began the surplus had been turned into a deficit. >> was their budget, mr. secretary come in primary balance? with the economy growing faster than the annual budget deficits come is that what you're saying? >> does the budget proposed, which are advocating, just back of the? tell us how we do that. >> or reduce the deficit as a percentage of gdp in the end of the ten-year window to less than 2% in somewhere around 3% you going to primary balance depending that interest rates are year-to-year, but for the second half of the budget window, we are in primary balance, in surplus. in terms of primary balance calculations. >> it is important that question needs to be asked over and over again in your response remembered. i'm pleased the budget also the is an extension to a new state volume cap on tax exempt qualified activity bonds for the furnishing of water in the system from which needs billions and billions of dollars to keep up with the time. it was the wastewater, it added up to 1 trillion, $200 trillion. we started a down p
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Apr 19, 2013 8:00pm EDT
because you can do anything like that in your present system. bill clinton, vice president of obama, very difficult imagining. now i will start off by touching possible -- upon our alliance. my view is, something is wrong when you say that the u.s. is always on the giving end, and japan always on the receiving end. about tradition of security and our alliance. the japanese must stand tall as an equal and responsible ally to the u.s. the japanese must work hard as a guardian of international common goods, peace, prosperity, and democracy. in fact, that was my grandfather's grandfather's aspirations. when serious at the time u.s.-japan security treaty on september 8, 1951, in san francisco, he wrote that one day japan could work with the u.s. as an equal partner, to sustain the liberal international order. 62 years later, that aspiration still holds. it's my belief that japan has a normal responsibility to enhance peace, happiness, and democracy in the world. that's why, ladies and gentlemen, japan must begin its economic power, that's why we are working hard to turn around our econom
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Apr 19, 2013 7:00pm EDT
originally planned during the bush administration, i believe, later we deuced by president obama. i have a question to you about this. was the russian government consulted or informed that the united states was considering this decision before the decision was made, and if so, when did that occur? >> the answer is not to my knowledge. it was not russian government who was not consulted in any way, and it was not that decision, that policy was not decided based on any consideration of the russian government. incidentally, i addthat those als not yeally lasted, but some ar in -- california. >> okay. to your tog, they were not cop culted? if the department decides additional missile defense systems were needed to be deployed for the protection of the united states, whether domestically or abroad, would the russian government be consulted or informed before that decision was made? >> well, first, i can't answer for the president. that would be a decision for the president to make. i suspect have to reinvolve around treaty obligations, and we have before with other issues might be. >> in mah, t
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Apr 20, 2013 8:00pm EDT
messed up by george bush that obama struggled mightily to overcome this horrible situation he inherited. the second reason is most americans believe republicans only care about rich people. and those are branding problems that the republican party has to to overcome. and it's hard to overcome it because you've got three obstacles; academia, hollywood and our major media, all of which are overwhelmingly liberal. when you say something, it's got to be interpreted through the filter of those three entities, and often it's been distorted. >> host: larry elder is our guest, this is booktv on c-span2 live from the los angeles times festival of books, campus of usc. mike's in fort worth, texas. hi, mike. >> caller: how's it going, larry? my -- pretty good. i'm a african-american democrat, but i agree with you one of the big problems in the african-american community is lack of fathers in the house. but i think, larry, when you say that, you kind of come off kind of harsh on black people. now, what's the reason behind the lack of a lot of fathers being in the house, drinking or in pri
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Apr 20, 2013 2:00pm EDT
obama was waiting and so forth and so on. and the reality is, i mean, the first amendment to not emerge from the ether. it was not some intellectual exercise. it was as were the other amendments and the constitution and sells, specific responses to specific historical events. and in this but really it goes into many of those events. sort of grew and to the first night later. but as a writer, i think to try to prevent riding the present into the past, you have to be aware of your biases. and, as amy said, you don't have to hide the necessarily, but you have to be aware of them. he referred to the fact that i was a football coach and i did that for a few years after i dropped out of my ph.d. program in history. [laughter] and now was a defensive coordinator s small college, and we used to run the defense that had sort of a built-in weakness. it was great in many places, but there was an area of that defense that we were outnumbered by the offensive players. we ran the defense anyway and were actually quite successful, but we knew that weakness, and everything will -- every single d
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